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Mission:

The Rocky Mountain Synod Veteran Servant Corps Project partners with ELCA faith communities to recognize and support veterans.

About 

In 2007, at the Tenth Biennial Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Church in America (ELCA), the assemblage approved a Memorial that stated “All congregations of this church will support military personnel and their families. The ELCA will provide a welcoming and supportive environment for returning military personnel, and it recommended that the ELCA Conference of Bishops and ELCA Bureau of Federal Chaplaincy Ministries explore ways that the ELCA ‘might effectively provide healing ministries to military veterans and their families.’

Veteran Servant Corps Project (VSCP) was approved by the Rocky Mountain Synod (RMS) Council on May 1, 2020. The idea for this ministry, though, has been years in the making. One of the tenets of Rocky Mountain Synod Veteran Servant Corps Project is to provide training for ELCA clergy and pastoral care support staff to understand veteran issues.

  • VSCP provides no-cost retreats at ELCA camps for veterans and their families
  • VSCP provides training for ELCA clergy and pastoral care support staff to understand veteran issues
  • VSCP provides ideas and materials for veteran awareness and celebrations in ELCA communities
     

    VSCP Board Members

Resources

We hope you will find these resources helpful in your efforts to support our veterans.

Upcoming Events

September 4
Vicky Daub will be serving as Pastor of the Day at Bethlehem Lutheran in Brush, Colorado. The worship service begins at 9:00 am.

September 18
Vicky will be teaching during Fellowship Hour after worship at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran in Park City, Utah.

October 9
Vicky will be preaching and teaching at Holy Love Lutheran in Aurora, CO.

October 29
Vicky will join in the Trunk or Treat celebrations from 3-5 pm at Holy Love Lutheran in Aurora, CO.

November 13
Vicky wil be preaching and teaching at Immanuel Lutheran in Greeley, CO.

 

 

Sharing our experiences!

An interview by Pastor Paula Stecker (Christ the King - Colorado Springs, CO) with Paul Guetter, a member. Paul shares  great story about a Pickle Barrel that happened at the end of WWII when he was only 5 years old!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wheelchairs for Vets

A variety of wheel and motorized chairs are available for veterans. If you are interested, send email to Vicky Daub.

 

 

 - a reflection from Vicky Daub, Executive Director VSCP

"We are all here!"

25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. 27 When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, since he supposed that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted in a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.”
Acts 16:15-28
 

Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” Yesterday, I read these words as part of the reading for the 7th Sunday of Easter during worship. In the past few days, I kept re-reading these words as I practiced for this reading.

In my role as the Executive Director of the Veteran Servant Corps Project (VSCP), a ministry of the Rocky Mountain Synod, I have been thinking about the phrase “we are all here”, especially in terms of the 18+ Veterans who complete suicide in our nation daily. Raising awareness around this issue is one the VSCP tenets.

Are you and your congregation interested in joining me in conversation around this important issue? Contact me at Director@veteranservantcorps.org.

Interested in being part of this “we are all here” initiative by donating? Go to the bottom of this page and click the link to donate.

 

Join a Study Opportunity for Veteran Couples

Paul Lepley is a National Guard Chaplain and Ph.D. candidate at Michigan State University. He is conducting a study of the six-hour, online Prevention and Relationship Education Program - ePREP.

To participate in this study, one or both partners should be in the Reserves or National Guard (married, cohabitation, or engaged). In additional to taking part in the online program, couples will receive four 20-minutes skills coaching sessions (virtually). Couples will receive up to $150 for completing three surveys (pre, post & follow-up) and taking part in the focus group.

The program and coaching sessions are at no charge. If you are interested in the program or know any Army or Air Reserves or Guards who may interested please contact Paul Lepley at Paul.a.lepley.mil@army.mil.

ZOOM MEETING ONLY

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Starting Wednesday, April 27, 11:00am MST

 

This meeting is for all who serve or have served in the Armed Services. Who are looking for support with recovery from substance use disorder. Who are looking comradeship so you know you are not alone. Substance use is about isolation, recovery is about connection. Connection is life on life's terms. You never have to be alone again. Connections begin with reaching out.

See flyer for more information, or click here.

For zoom link to this meeting, contact:
CarlTuck.rosenberg@yahoo.com
Markpastorstmartin@gmail.com
Jeanne rcnstcloud@gmail.com

Will you be having a Veterans evens at your church/community that you would like to publicize? We'd love to hear about it! Send your information to Vicky Daub at lvdaub2@gmail.com.

Want Vicky or another VSCP Board Member to visit your church/community? You guessed it! Contact Vicky Daub at lvdaub2@gmail.com.

Connect With Us

Contact: Executive Director VIckie Daub, lvdaub2@gmail.com.

Share:  Please share with us what other resources and tools we can provide, and what you are doing to support our veterans.

Share your ideas, fill out this brief form!

Give: Click the button below to make a donation to the VSCP. Select the General Fund Gift option and enter "Veteran Servant Corps Project" in the note/memo line. If you prefer to mail your donation, send it to the Rocky Mountain Synod, 7375 Samuel Drive, Denver, CO  80221, adding Veteran Servant Corps Project to the note portion of the check.